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Charlottesville Fontaine Avenue Fire Station Grand Opening

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Three months after opening for service, Charlottesville’s Fontaine Avenue fire station opened its doors to the public Saturday.

The Charlottesville Fire Department held a grand opening for the brand new, $14 million facility. It’s Charlottesville’s first new fire station in 50 years.

Fire Chief Charles Werner says the Fontaine station is an investment that will serve the city well into the future.

“We're going to have this combination of being a true public safety facility, but it’s also a place where they can come and use the meeting rooms. They can come and see the 9/11 memorial steel and reflect on 9/11, remember those that died and honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others,” he said.

The station will serve as an on-site training facility to prepare fire and rescue crews for a wide range of situations. The station will also allow for faster response times.

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